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Climate Change Summit takes over St. Olaf College

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (KTTC) -- Minnesota is no stranger to wild weather.  A common occurrence that has only grown in the past few months.  Students and residents of the greater Northfield community came together today for a Climate Change Summit to discuss how the controversial topic is effecting Minnesota.

800 people flooded the halls of Buntrock Commons at St. Olaf College to learn about climate change and take in the nearly 40 exhibitors.

The highlight of the day was keynote speaker Paul Douglas, a meteorologist and global warming activist who has been asked to testify in front of the Minnesota State legislature on the topic.

The packed auditorium was exactly what event organizers wanted.  A chance to simply generate discussion.

"The driving force behind today's event was simply to get the community engaged in a conversation about Minnesota's changing climate and really the changing climate around the world, and also what can we do about it.  What kind of actions can we take as a group of concerned citizens, and what kind of place are we ultimately going to leave for those who follow us," says one of the event organizers Paul Jackson.

The event was organized by a grassroots committee that began with Carleton College, St. Olaf College, and a group of concerned residents.  The organization is hoping to have some archival components to the event that will let people continue the discussions through the coming year.
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